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Today’s feature walls

From the Resene decorating blog

Are feature walls still a thing? As long as there are walls in a room, they certainly will be.

How we treat a feature wall may change from year to year as we track the fashions, but they will always be an extremely handy way to add personality, character and definition to a space or room.

A feature wall with simple and bold geometric shapes

Simple and bold geometric shapes transform this wall.

The top triangle is painted in Resene Indian Ink, the middle triangle in Resene Athens Grey and the bottom triangle in Resene Atmosphere. The room is pulled together with Resene Stack on the floor, Resene Indian Ink on the rope side table, Resene Blue Night on the bench, and Resene Eighth Tapa on the picture frame and the small pot. Styling by Emily Sommerville-Ryan; image by Melanie Jenkins.

Make a feature within a wall

Make a feature within a wall.

This bold rectangular shape in the deep gold of Resene Hot Toddy perfectly echoes and frames a statement couch, making the space glamorous and inviting. It’s easy to create and works particularly well against the tonal grey and charcoal layers of the rest of the room and furnishings. The back wall is Resene Nero, the peg stool and tabletop are Resene Half Gravel, and the table legs are Resene Double Merino. Styling by Megan Harrison-Turner; image by Melanie Jenkins.

At its easiest form, a feature wall can be painted all over in one colour. This is a good treatment if there are a variety of elements or different colours in the room already – you’re not introducing a patterned element. Feature walls can help define a space within an open-plan areas, say behind the dining table, or on the bedhead wall of a bedroom. You can either choose a tonally darker colour than the rest of the walls, or go for something with contrast.

A warm coloured feature wall will appear to advance towards you so is good for visually shortening a long room. A dark, cool feature wall will make the wall seem to recede so will make a smaller space feel larger.

Another very easy way to achieve an instant feature wall is by using wallpaper. There are so many patterns, colour and styles in the Resene Wallpaper Collection, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Current looks include whimsical painterly scenes that make the entire wall look like an artwork, as well as bold botanical designs.

Stripes have gone simple and chunky

Stripes have gone simple and chunky. This wall is painted in (from top) Resene Travertine, Resene Miso and Resene Nirvana with a skirting board in Resene Fawn Green. A lattice effect on the headboard brings added interest and texture, painted in Resene Fawn Green and Resene Miso. Styling by Emily Sommerville-Ryan; image by Melanie Jenkins.

Shaping up

Letting loose your inner artist is easy with some Resene paint and a roll of masking tape. Geometric shapes, with strong angles and straight lines are easiest, just arm yourself with masking tape. Asymmetrical shapes are often more pleasing to the eye, especially on a large scale, and often give you the illusion of more space.

Adding shapes to your walls – or the floor and even the ceiling – is a relatively simple way to stamp your personality on your home, add a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral palette, make plain rooms more dramatic and often create the illusion of more space.

A dark Resene Nocturnal feature wall anchors this room and adds drama.

The side wall is in Resene Double Alabaster while the chair and macramé detailing are in Resene Moroccan Spice. The coat stand is in Resene Bounty. Styling by Kate Alexander; image by Bryce Carleton.

Step outside the square and paint a circle on the wall – this is Resene Dust Storm on a Resene Pohutukawa wall.

The floor is in Resene Double Rice Cake, the coffee table is Resene Foundry, the vase is Resene Pohutukawa and the tealight holder is Resene Dust Storm. Styling by Vanessa Nouwens; image by Melanie Jenkins.

Some good general tips are to keep busy geometric designs to only one wall of a room, and to use the same or complementary shades throughout the space. That way the wall will be integrated into the whole room, rather than being jarring or overwhelming.

Think about incorporating your shape design into the room the same way you would a piece of art.

Of course, a fun exception to that might be in a kids’ playroom where a collection of bright, bold and even clashing colours might be just the thing for creating a fun, creative space.

A painted guitar silhouette

A simple painted shape can add fun and a subtle theme to a child’s room without having to go overboard. This guitar silhouette echoes a boy’s passion for the instrument and extends out from a part wall painted in zingy teal Resene St Kilda. The other walls and floors are painted in Resene Half Raven as a cooler counterpoint, and to give the room a strong graphic look. A bedside table and shelf painted in inky blue Resene Licorice stop the room from being too contrived, colourwise, while a bedside lamp base and box are painted in Resene Surrender. This colour scheme is also very age-neutral so will stay relevant and a child grows. Styling by Vanessa Nouwens; image by Melanie Jenkins.

Boldly patterned wallpapers make great feature walls

Boldly patterned wallpapers make great feature walls, like this Resene Wallpaper Collection design 384504 from Resene ColorShops.

Resene testpots are often the perfect amount of paint to paint a shape on a wall so you can transform a wall quickly and easily.

Once you have gained in confidence, you could try softer more relaxed curves and circles, or freeform shapes. Sketch your design on the wall first or scaled down on a piece of paper.

Or you can create a stencil first that you can tape to the wall and paint around. Or find a central point and use a string and chalk to draw an arc. Spend a little bit of time practising with a good cutting-in brush for the perfect finish!

Shapes to try:

Two feature walls in one

Two feature walls in one – Resene Wallpaper Collection design 35590-1 on the left and paint (get the look with Resene Wishing Well).

December 10, 2018

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